High-level productivity is a product of happiness—even in cows. There’s a lot of talk on the airwaves about innovation, productivity, employee engagement, and team building”…lots of talk. It’s really time for more action. I will say that I am seeing signs that people are finally realizing that we are “not in Kansas anymore,” as Dorothy said in the movie “The Wizard of Oz” when her house landed on the witch.

Yes, it is a new day, and the sooner we realize it, perhaps the sooner we will wake up. The sooner corporations (run by people) will wake up. Of course, even though people run corporations, organizations have a culture of their own that just seems to invisibly take over. Historically, at least in my lifetime, I have seen corporations treat people mechanistically, as if they were just tools to do their jobs. Anything outside of profit, in the name of shareholder value, was not generally given much attention. The bottom line outweighed clarity, purpose, and passion. These things were too “soft.”

Well, we are in the middle of a big paradigm shakeup. With employee disengagement rates of 70-80%, shareholder value and bottom lines will be bottoming out indefinitely if changes are not made. I went to a leadership breakfast this morning where it was emphasized how engaging employees top down and then bottom up, collaboratively, turned the corporation around even during one of the worse downturns in world financial markets in history.

Sure, they had to have strategy and vision implementation. Having engaged employees and making the time to reflect to get clear instead of taking unfocused action made all the difference. When will more corporations wake up and realize that it’s either pay now or pay later? We cannot mistreat employees, not develop them, listen to them or care about them and expect excellent productivity. If people have no clear sense of how corporate values intersect with their own—they may not even know what their values are anymore—or what the purpose of their work is, they will not have a lot of enthusiasm. If they are stressed, and the leader can’t communicate with them or show interest in them as human beings, don’t expect a lot of happy team members!

I was reading an article a few days ago about how cow farmers are seeing more productivity from their cows when they treat them well, give them a healthy environment, and get them off of the drugs harming their bodies. Instead of greedily pumping up cows with drugs and horrid living conditions, this farmer decided to take a more holistic approach. Here is what he noted as a result:

“For productivity, it’s important to have happy cows. If a cow is at her maximum health and her maximum contentedness, she’s profitable. I don’t even really manage my farm so much from a fiscal standpoint as from a cow standpoint, because I know that if I take care of those cows, the bottom line will take care of itself.”

Out of the mouths of cow farmers… Seriously, cows are living creatures, as are human beings. This shows wisdom. There is so much brain science evidence now that happiness increases productivity. It even increases IQ. This is not rocket science. The work place is an ideal place for people to grow and develop. Work should have a sense of community, working toward a common cause, a common vision or goal. If corporations would make a commitment to invest in the personal mindset development of leaders and their teams to learn how to apply the new research in a way that gives people’s autonomy, self-mastery, and purpose we will have much higher employee engagement.

Ten years ago I came to this conclusion while running my eye surgery practice. By caring about my employees and my customer service, my bottom line nearly doubled. We even won the community service award within two years of making my so-called “soft skill” (people engagement) changes. I have been able to use the new brain science in a user-friendly way to help my clients expedite their own self-awareness levels.

I helped my employees back then and the science makes it even easier to do now. There’s nothing soft about helping people to reach more of their true potential and experience more clarity, purpose, and passion. If corporations would pay attention to the writing on the wall, that would truly be innovative!

Author's Bio: 

Valencia Ray, M.D. teaches business owners and corporate leaders how their amazing brain can actually hijack personal power -- not in the abstract, but in the context of integrating business and personal life. Dr. Ray, a board-certified eye surgeon and medical business owner for over 20 years before selling her practice, shares her own life changing process. By sharing her story, she helps others to expand their vision and learn that by living with purpose and confidence, it is possible to have a more integrated, healthier lifestyle – with less struggle, more inner peace and more abundance.

For more information and to contact her regarding dynamic, inspirational keynotes, trainings in collaborative leadership and team building, entrepreneurship and coaching programs, visit her website at http://www.ValenciaRay.com